Australia wildfires: ‘Globally unprecedented’ blazes burned FIFTH of Australia's forest

Since then, the Murray-Darling Basin has experienced 12 consecutive seasons with below-average precipitation – the longest period on record since 1900.v

Dr King told AFP: ”With climate change there have been projections that there will be more positive IOD events and fewer negative IOD events.

“This would mean that we’d expect more dry seasons in Australia and possibly worse droughts.”

Professor Boer believes climate change was all but certain to make Australia increasingly prone to wildfires and urged the government to strengthen fire readiness measures and “take urgent and effective action on climate change.”

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